5 Tips to Protect Your Hand Skin and Nails

Our hands are exposed to many external factors every day. Under the influence of many different factors, if not cared for , hands will become victims of skin aging.

If not protected, the skin of the hands will age faster than the skin of the face, becoming dark, wrinkled and hard. With those hands you will look older than your actual age.

However, you can still keep the youthfulness of your hands by learning how to take care of your hands right now.

In this blog, Mimi Nails will give you some tips and basic principles to help you keep your hands soft and smooth. You can visit our nail salon to receive a manicure, our experts are happy to service you with the experience and profession.

1. Wash your hands properly

Too much exposure to soap will make your hands lose their inherent moisture, gradually becoming dry and peeling. Here are the rules you should follow to avoid chapping your hands when “touching” soap for a long time:

Do not use antibacterial soap unless absolutely necessary. The triclosan found in antibacterial soaps has bactericidal properties, causing many negative effects on the skin and health.

When in contact, triclosan is easy to cause allergies or will lead to dermatitis for sensitive people, and at the same time reduces stimulation and shrinks joints of bones.

Ideally, we should use warm hand sanitizers with ingredients extracted from jojoba oil, olive oil or aloe.

Wash your hands with warm water, do not use too hot water, it will lose the natural protective layer of the skin.

Avoid using a hand dryer. Instead, use a handkerchief or tissue.

2. Wear gloves!

Your hands are always under pressure under the influence of external factors from changing ambient temperatures to chemicals and air (dry, humid). Wearing gloves is a way to take care of the skin of your hands before these dangerous sources:

Use leather or fur or open-ended gloves to keep hands warm in cold weather.

When you have to do housework, wash dishes or clean, always remember to bring a pair of rubber gloves, it helps your hands avoid the corrosion of caustic soda (found in detergents), keeping your hands dry. dry and retain moisture.

Use cloth gloves for gardening to avoid scratches and tearing hands.

3. Moisturize your skin

Hand cream is as important as shower gel or shampoo. Therefore, you should consider when choosing moisturizers that are suitable for your skin type as well as ensure the necessary moisturizing functions.

Use moisturizer at least twice a day (morning and night). If you have dry skin, you should keep your moisturizer by the sink and apply it immediately after washing your hands. The most effective or if you want to quickly nourish your dry hands, apply hand cream evenly, wear a pair of thin cotton gloves, leave it like that and go to bed.

Don’t forget your nails, they need to stay hydrated too. Rub a little cream on the nail and use with vitamin E cream for the cuticle around the nail.

Not only taking care of the outside, the skin also needs to be hydrated from the inside. So, drink enough water and avoid leaving the body in a state of “thirst”.

Conditionally, you should own a humidifier and turn it on every time the air is dry.

4. Exfoliate and Nourish the Skin

Besides the support from the cream, your hands also need the steps of exfoliating and “masking” every week:

Hand masks can be made at home with ingredients you can easily find in the refrigerator. You can make a mask according to the recipe: one avocado, one egg yolk and one tablespoon of lemon juice mix well. Then, apply it on your hands and keep it for 20 minutes.

For exfoliating ingredients, you can make a mixture of olive oil and sugar, then gently rub it on your hands.

If you are too lazy to process with cumbersome recipes, the fastest way is to use body scrubs or face masks that are still effective for the skin of your hands.

5. Always Use Sunscreen

One of the signs of age is an increase in skin pigmentation, the appearance of many dark spots forming a color patch on the skin that is unsightly.
The reason for this syndrome is not aging or liver dysfunction, but the effects of sun exposure that accumulate on the skin for a long time with age.

To avoid those ugly dark spots, always use sunscreen for your hands every time you go out

One more advice, use citrus fruits with natural whitening effect to keep skin away from hyperpigmentation. A spoon of lemon juice, a spoon of milk and a spoon of honey is the perfect mixture to whiten your hands.

You may want to see some tips for nail care at home if you want to keep both your skin and nails healthy.